City of Edinburgh Council is consulting. (from September) on a range of options concerning long-term traffic management in the city centre (see Issue 277). The full report to the Transport & Environment Committee on which this consultation is based is attached as a pdf below.
MORE SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT INITIAL DESIGN
Pedestrian campaigners Living Streets Edinburgh Group has issued its response to the Council’s consultation on Trams to Newhaven. LSEG was commenting on first-draft proposals for the design in the event of the Council voting to proceed with the extension this autumn.
CYCLING GROUP ISSUES FULL RESPONSE
The cycle campaign group Spokes has now published its detailed response to the Council’s consultation on extending the tramway to Newhaven.
The full response supersedes preliminary reactions issued earlier, and is available as a pdf at the foot of this page.
Spokes starts from the premise of welcoming the longer route, and expresses a willingness to participate constructively in making it work well.
Leith Central Community Council's formal response to the City of Edinburgh Council's consultation on extending the tramway to Leith is available as a pdf below.
LCCC RESPONDS TO COUNCIL CONSULTATION ON TRAMS
Leith Central Community has formally responded to the Council’s consultation on extending the route to Newhaven. They have serious misgivings concerning design philosophy, the consultation and delivery processes, and design details.
In broad terms, LCCC is unconvinced that CEC has learned lessons from previous tram-related mistakes, or established procedures to avoid repeating them.
PICARDY PLACE PERPLEXITY
The ‘Battle of Picardy Place’ may have been decisively won by those in favour of a gyratory, but various local stakeholders believed their input would still be valued in fine-tuning aspects of the subsequent design. Months later, some have been left feeling deeply disenchanted. Peter Williamson, Chair of the Picardy Residents Association, gives a personal perspective.
City of Edinburgh Council has settled on a final design for Picardy Place. Enabling works are already in progress. Construction will begin next month and is scheduled to finish by the end of this year.
Since the Transport & Environment Committee voted to go ahead with the gyratory in January, various tweaks to the plan have been agreed with community, pedestrian and cyclist groups.
A CEC press release this morning said these alterations include:
Members of City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘Tram Team’ met members of Leith Central Community Council's 'Tram Task Force' last night in a marathon 2.5-hour Q&A session in McDonald Road Library.
Open to the public, this was not a meeting to discuss the principle of extending the tramway from York Place to Newhaven. The aim was instead to gather sufficient facts for LCCC to assemble an informed, ‘constructive and relevant’ consultation response to the design proposal at a later date.
City of Edinburgh Council has consulted the public today about the proposed layout of the (as yet unapproved) tramline from Broughton to Newhaven.
The event, held in McDonald Road Library (10am–4pm), was well attended for the hour we attended, with enough staff on hand to answer questions.
PUBLIC LIFE STREET ASSESSMENT IDENTIFIES PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES
As first reported in Issue 269, the Council is looking carefully at how to redesign George Street and the First New Town (Hanover, Frederick and Castle Streets) ‘with a people friendly, walkable, public life focus’.